Tourism Briefs – August 2022

Golf tournament supports Arts Center

The Arts Center Task Force is inaugurating a golf tournament to support plans to build a performing arts center.

Par for the Arts starts at 8 a.m. Sept. 29 at the Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland. The fee is $125 for individuals and $500 for teams of four.

Registration includes 18 holes, greens fees, range balls, a cart, swag bag and awards luncheon.

Registration closes Sept. 20. Sponsorships are available as well.

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Columbia Industries plans Evening of Miracles

Columbia Industries holds its annual Evening of Miracles gala fundraiser from 5:30-9 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Red Lion Hotel, Columbia Center, 1101 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Kennewick.

The event raises money to support the nonprofit’s mission to empower people with disabilities and other barriers. Its programs provide employment services, training, respite service and help clients access housing, food benefits and more.

The event is limited to 220 people.

Sponsorship packages run from $1,000 for a table for eight to $20,000 for champion level sponsors, which includes two tables for a total of 16 guests.

Contact Babe Nyberg, or call 509-551-1796.

Tickets on sale for All Senior Picnic in Richland

 The 27th annual All Senior Picnic will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 15 at Howard Amon Park, 500 Amon Drive, in Richland.

Tickets are $5 and go on sale Aug. 15 at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Drive, Pasco Parks & Recreation, 525 N. Third Ave., and the Southridge Sports & Events Complex, 2901 Southridge Blvd., Kennewick.

The event is sponsored by the three cities and the Richland Seniors Association. 

Mount St. Helens opens to campers on north side

The Mount St. Helens Institute is hosting campers who want to visit the north side of the volcano at Base Camp Mount St. Helens.

The site is above Coldwater Lake and offers views as well as serving as a launching point for visitors to explore the monument.

Biking, hiking, kayaking and other recreation opportunities are nearby.

Guests must bring their own equipment.

The final edition of Base Camp will be held the weekend of Sept. 2.

Cost is $240 for a tent site and one attendee or an RV site and one attendee. Additional attendees are $140. All ages are welcome.

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Craft Beer Fest coming to Columbia Park

Tri-City Sunrise Rotary will hold its Craft Beer Festival from 2-10 p.m. Aug. 21 near the Veterans Memorial in Kennewick’s Columbia Park.

More than 30 craft beers produced in the Northwest will be available along with yard games, a DJ, entertainment, photo booths, food and retail vendors.

Tickets are $40, with attendance limited to those 21 and over. Proceeds support Rotary grants to nonprofits.

The event is managed by the Simmons family, which operates C.G. Public House and Catering, Bite at the Landing and Uncle Sam’s Saloon.

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KIE unveils new work from Kennewick muralist

KIE Supply unveiled its new mural in downtown Kennewick in early August.

KIE commissioned the mural from local artist Heidi Elkington. It reflects on the important role the Columbia River played in the development of the Tri-Cities and the Columbia Basin.

The 100-by-20 mural is on the east-facing wall of its building, 129 E.
Columbia Drive, facing Columbia Gardens Urban Wine & Artisan Village.

The work features a dedication to the Kittson family, which has owned and operated KIE Supply in downtown Kennewick since 1955.

Elkington is a popular local artist whose work is part of Gallery in the Alley in Richland’s Uptown Shopping Center. The city-supported initiative works with professional artists to paint murals in the alleyways.

“Painting murals is my jam,” she told the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business in February.

Columbia Riverkeeper virtual tour highlights Hanford impact

The Columbia Riverkeeper has created a virtual story map that breaks down some of the most dangerous pollutants and cleanup areas at Hanford to tell the story of the Hanford cleanup.

The Riverkeeper, based in Portland, is a nonprofit advocate for river health.

“Water’s Walk Through Hanford” tells the fictional story of “Raindrop,” a drop of water that falls on the Hanford site and runs into pollutants during its journey to the river.

Raindrop learns about current and past cleanup efforts, touching on Hanford’s Waste Encapsulation Storage Facility, Tank Farms, the 100-N Area and the 100-K Area.

The tour includes clickable boxes, videos and links to online resources that help highly the challenges Hanford faces and how important the cleanup is for the river and the plants, animals, fish and people that depend on it.

It is available in English and Spanish.

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Corvettes on the Columbia benefits Make-A-Wish

The 2022 Corvettes on the Columbia gathering will include a Cornhole Tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The tournament starts is at 9 a.m. Sept. 10 at Columbia Park in Kennewick. The entry fee is $75 per team, with cash prizes for the top four finishers. All profits benefit Make-A-Wish, which supports children with serious illnesses as well as their families.

Corvettes on the Columbia, sponsored by the 3 Rivers Corvette Club and McCurley Integrity Dealerships, features a car show, food, play area for kids and live music. Lawn chairs and tents are allowed.

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